OC News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed Oklahoma Christian wins regional ethics championship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-wins-regional-ethics-championship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ethics teams won first and third place at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio.

The championship marked the first regional title for Oklahoma Christian, which won its third straight state championship in October. OC will now advance to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Orange County, California. Last year, Oklahoma Christian took fifth place out of 32 teams across the country.

Oklahoma Christian bested teams from 15 other schools at this year’s regional tournament, including state rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as well as Cameron, Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist and Oklahoma City. The Texas schools competing were Brazosport, Incarnate Word, Schreiner, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran, Texas-Pan American and Texas State.

Both of OC’s teams went undefeated in the competition. A one-point differential between the second- and third-place teams kept OC from sweeping the top two spots.

“I am extremely proud of OC’s teams,” said sponsor Jeff Simmons, interim dean of OC’s College of Business Administration. “To win the state tournament, which included excellent students from around Oklahoma is very good. But then, to have both of our teams place at regionals and qualify for the national tournament is just outstanding.”

OC’s championship team included Jasper Bawcom, a senior majoring in teaching English as a foreign language; Gabriel Gasiorowski, a sophomore mechanical engineering major; and Megan McKinley, a freshman political science major. Members of OC’s third-place team were Chas Carter, a senior English/pre-law major; Sean vanDyke, a freshman computer engineering major; and Brandon Yeates, a freshman political science major.

“It is a blessing to be able to work with these inspiring students, who are able to thoroughly consider appropriate responses to complex ethical dilemmas and be able to present a cohesive argument grounded sound moral philosophy,” Simmons said. “When one considers that these students represent our future, one can rest assured that our world is in good hands.”

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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OC honors alumni for outstanding achievements http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-honors-alumni-for-outstanding-achievements/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s five academic colleges and Honors Program recognized outstanding alumni during Homecoming Weekend.

The awards from the College of Biblical Studies, presented by Dean Alan Martin, honored Mark Brazle (’75) – Missions; Toby Levering (’99) – Youth Ministry; Shon Smith (’91) – Preaching/Ministry; and Mitch Wilburn (’05) – Alumnus of the Year.

The College of Business Administration, led by Interim Dean Jeff Simmons, recognized Jimmy Arter (’98) – Management; Matt Cole (’99) – Accounting & Finance; and Cindy Smethers (’89) – Master of Business Administration.

Dr. Byron Newberry, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, presented awards to Laura Hazen (’05) – Engineering; Joshua Hensal (’03) – Mathematical, Computer and Information Sciences; and Jeff Turner (’00) – Mechanical Engineering.

The College of Liberal Arts, with Dean David Lowry, honored Gary L. Bruce (’74) – Music; Aaron Collins (’99) – Education; Susan Heath (’71) – Sports, Wellness and Recreation Management; Lani Gunderson (’09) – Art and Design; Heather Roberts (’03) – Language & Literature; Jill Brown (’87) – History and Political Science; Steve Lackmeyer (’89) – Communication; and Holly Towers (’02) – Psychology and Family Studies.

The College of Natural and Health Sciences, led by Dean Jeff McCormack, presented awards to Reagan Hightower (’11) – Nursing; Dr. Nancy Nesser (’84) – Chemistry; and Dr. Bruce Wolf (’86) – Biology.

Honors Program director Dr. Jim Baird presented distinguished alumni awards to Preston Ackerman (’00) – Information Systems, and Sada Knowles (’02) – Family Studies and Vocational Ministry.

Wilburn is the preaching minister at the Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, a congregation of 2,000 people that supports 54 missionaries around the world.

Brazle served as a missionary in Belgium for 16 years before spending 20 years in ministry at the Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Brazle currently works at the Missions Resource Network as co-director of missionary care.

Levering was the family minister at Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas, for 23 years and recently became the congregation’s pulpit minister. He also co-hosts the Know Your Bible television program.

Smith was the campus minister at Memorial Road Church of Christ for nine years and also served as the vice president for church relations at Oklahoma Christian. He is now the preaching minister at Naperville Church of Christ in Naperville, Illinois.

Arter serves as vice president of minerals and trust property at MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City and is a member of the Business Advisory Council for OC’s College of Business Administration.

Cole is a partner of Cole and Reed, an accounting firm located in Oklahoma City. He also serves on the Accounting Advisory Board for OC’s College of Business Administration.

Smethers is vice president and product actuarial director at American Fidelity Assurance in Oklahoma City and serves on the Finance Advisory Board of OC’s College of Business Administration.

Hazen works at Tinker Air Force Base as the engineer director for more than 150 engineers developing and maintaining test software for avionics for the Department of Defense.

Hensal began his career as a software and database developer at Chesapeake Energy, and now serves as operations manager of Lane’s Motor Freight Lines in Woodward, Oklahoma. He and his wife also served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria, for six years.

Turner works for John Deere as a product engineer in the area of transmissions and final drives. He has been awarded four U.S. patents for his ideas on off-highway vehicle drivetrain.

Bruce taught guitar as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian for 38 years and served as worship leader at Quail Springs Church of Christ. He now operates Bruce Piano Service in Edmond and plays percussion in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra.

Collins began his career as a history teacher and librarian at Cambridge High School in Idaho, and now serves as superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Kentucky.

Heath accepted a position as a physical education teacher at Westminster School in Oklahoma City immediately after her graduation from Oklahoma Christian, and has continued to serve there for 44 years.

Gunderson serves as assistant project manager at Timberlake Construction in Oklahoma City. Previously, she worked with the Design + Build Group and completed projects such as the Ford Center and Midtown Condos.

Roberts works as an attorney and uses her bilingual and legal skills to serve Capitol Hill Church of Christ’s Outreach Ministry.

Lackmeyer has worked for The Oklahoman for 24 years, where he has won numerous awards for his coverage of the Murrah Building bombing and other Oklahoma City events. He is the author of four books about the history of downtown Oklahoma City.

Towers serves as the executive director of Lilyfield, a nonprofit Oklahoma adoption coalition. She also is vice president of the board of “Shine! Honduras.”

Hightower has been an emergency room nurse at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City and served on a partnership between Mercy and Kigali, Rwanda. She recently accepted an assignment as a travel nurse.

Dr. Nesser has served as the pharmacy director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority since 2001. The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy recently named Nesser the 2014 Ralph D. Bienfang Outstanding Practitioner.

Wolf practices ophthalmology in Tulsa and has performed more than 10,000 eye surgeries. He is the department chairman at Hillcrest Medical Center and an adjunct professor for the OU College of Medicine.

Ackerman joined the FBI in 2003 and has worked in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City. He is the supervisor of the Oklahoma City Division Cyber Squad and program coordinator for computer intrusions.

Knowles, who worked at OC as an instructor in the Department of Psychology and Family Studies, now serves as middle school and high school principal at Oklahoma Christian Academy.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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OC students get $275K for Thrive project http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-students-get-275k-for-thrive-project/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students have the opportunity to decide how the school will spend a new six-figure gift.

At Friday’s Chapel service, OC president John deSteiguer announced that students have $275,000 to allocate to one of six projects in the university’s Thrive campaign.

The projects on the student ballot include the construction of a campus coffee shop, expansion of OC’s Ethos spiritual life initiative, investment in new fitness equipment across campus, renovation of the campus dining hall, renovation of a facility for OC’s School of Nursing, and renovation of student apartments.

“No students I’m familiar with anywhere have had this opportunity,” deSteiguer said. “We’ve designed the Thrive campaign for our students and worked hard to make sure it benefits them. We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to place $275,000 in their hands to do with as they please.”

Online voting runs through 8 a.m. on Nov. 21, with the winning project to be announced at that morning’s Chapel service.

Including this six-figure gift for the “Students Pick” initiative, more than 1,500 donors have pledged $7.27 million since Oklahoma Christian launched the Thrive campaign in June.

Five Thrive projects are fully funded and three others are more than halfway toward their fundraising goals.

“We’re grateful for the many friends and alumni who have come alongside us and supported Thrive,” deSteiguer said. “There’s a good chance this ‘Students Pick’ initiative will fully fund another project, or at least get the students’ chosen project really close to its goal. We’re also encouraging students to submit their ideas for future Thrive projects.”

More information about OC’s Thrive campaign is available at www.oc.edu/thrive.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

Oklahoma Christian has experienced 10 straight years of the highest enrollments in school history and has almost tripled the number of alumni giving back to the university since 2011.

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Oklahoma Christian presents ‘Little Women’ http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-presents-little-women/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will produce the American classic “Little Women” on Nov. 13-15. OC’s Homecoming musical is a production based on the novel of the same title written by Louisa May Alcott.

“Little Women” follows the story of Jo, one of four sisters, in her quest to become an accomplished writer. She gradually learns to face adversity brought on by limitations and expectations set for women during the time period.

This production is directed by OC alumna Peggy Hoshall. She has 25 years of directing experience spanning more than 100 productions.

“I was thrilled to come back to OC to see the talent,” Hoshall said. “We have a great cast this year and everyone really fits their role to a T.”

She is supported by associate professor of music Kyle Pullen as music coordinator and Barbara Berard as choreographer.

Sophomore Kendall Haliburton stars as Jo. Meg, the oldest of the four sisters, is played by senior Megan Reed. Beth is played by sophomore Andrea Ochoa. Sophomore Hannah Duvall plays Amy, the youngest of the sisters.

“This musical is a timeless classic for all ages,” Haliburton said. “The journey that Jo goes through really highlights the bonds that exist between sisters and families in general.”

Each of the three performances will begin at 8 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets cost $15, with discounts for groups, senior citizens, and OC students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at oc.edu/littlewomen or on weekdays at the OC Box Office. The Box Office can be reached at (405) 425-6310.

“Little Women” highlights a full weekend of Homecoming activities at Oklahoma Christian. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/homecoming.

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Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:30:00 CST aad0bc09-c0bb-48b0-a702-97b0603deeb0
Oklahoma Christian wins state ethics challenge http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-wins-state-ethics-challenge/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won its third consecutive state championship at the OK Student Ethics Challenge.

Other schools competing included the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Cameron University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Rose State College, Southern Nazarene University and St. Gregory’s University.

OC’s first-place team, the Eagles, won all three of its matches to earn the state title while OC’s other entrant, the Aguilas, claimed fifth place.

The Eagles included Jasper Bawcom, a senior majoring in teaching English as a foreign language; Gabriel Gasiorowski, a sophomore mechanical engineering major; and Megan McKinley, a freshman political science major. The Aguilas team members were Chas Carter, a senior English/pre-law major; Brandon Yeates, a freshman political science major; and Sean vanDyke, a freshman computer engineering major.

“God has blessed OC with very talented students, and we happen to have six of the best on our ethics debate team,” said sponsor Jeff Simmons, interim dean of OC’s College of Business Administration. “They are dedicated and work hard to prepare themselves. That hard work paid off for us at the state competition and now we are looking forward to representing OC at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl.”

OC’s state championship earned a $2,500 stipend for travel to the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio. Teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will compete, with a trip to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Orange County, California, on the line.

Last year, Oklahoma Christian took fifth place out of 32 teams from across the nation in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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OC welcomes Ben Rector for December 1 concert http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-welcomes-ben-rector-for-december-1-concert/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Singer/songwriter Ben Rector will be in concert at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on Dec. 1.

Born in Tulsa, Rector has toured with artists such as Dave Barnes, Colbie Caillat, Graham Colton, Five for Fighting, Lifehouse, and Train.

He is touring in support of his fifth studio album, The Walking in Between, which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart last year.

The project showcases Rector’s heartfelt lyrics, soulful voice, and skillful command of the piano and guitar. It also evokes his musical influences, like James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Sam Cooke and Randy Newman.

“I don’t practice production or studio trickery. I practice piano, guitar, singing and writing. That’s what The Walking in Between captures: the honest and genuine way I make my music,” Rector said. “The things that make me truly happy are the ordinary things, like my friends and playing music. That’s what we’re made to enjoy. We’re made to connect and to have a conversation. That is the real stuff worth celebrating.”

The Walking in Between follows on the heels of Rector’s 2010 release, Into the Morning, which reached No. 11 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers, and his 2011 project, Something Like This, which climbed into Billboard’s Top 40.

Those albums collectively sold more than 70,000 copies, with Something Like This reaching No. 1 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Albums chart. Tracks from both albums also appeared in multiple television shows, including One Tree Hill, Castle, The Neighbors and Pretty Little Liars.

Tickets for Rector’s OC concert cost $20 and will be available to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 at www.oc.edu/benrector. OC students can purchase discounted tickets at the university’s Box Office. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

Oklahoma Christian, ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

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The Kids’ Place hosts festival at Oklahoma Christian http://www.oc.edu/news/r/the-kids-place-hosts-festival-at-oklahoma-christian/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – One of the state’s only free grief-support centers for children is hosting a fall festival fundraiser at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Nov. 7.

The Kids’ Place began after the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, and the nonprofit group is in its 18th year of service to children and families who have lost a loved one.

The festival will be held in OC’s Dave Smith Athletic Center, affectionately known as “The Barn,” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. It will feature moon bounces, games, snacks and prizes.

Area families are invited to help The Kids’ Place raise funds to buy new playground equipment for the children the group serves. Participants are encouraged to purchase tickets for the different booths and stations at the festival. Ten tickets cost $5, and donations are appreciated.

“This event will be a fun way for more families to learn about The Kids’ Place and to help us better serve our wonderful children,” said Jennifer Foster, executive director of The Kids’ Place. “We are appreciative of the partners who have helped us make this happen.”

The event would not be possible without the support of students and clubs at Oklahoma Christian University, as well as the Edmond church of Christ, which oversees The Kids’ Place ministry.

“We are thrilled to help The Kids’ Place reach into the community to help families in their times of loss and grief,” said Randy Roper, preaching minister at the Edmond church of Christ. “We are thankful for the volunteers who lead the efforts and the families that are blessed by The Kids’ Place.”

In addition to games and snacks, The Kids’ Place fall festival will feature a cake walk, hair coloring for children, popular mascots and photos with a costumed ice queen. All proceeds will go toward playground equipment at The Kids’ Place facility, located a block east of Bryant Avenue on Ninth Street in Edmond.

“Our play area is a very important tool for helping children process their grief,” Foster said. “For some of our children, getting to play may be the first time they have experienced joy for quite a while.”

The Kids’ Place is open to anyone. Foster says they have served people of different faiths or no faith at all. Sessions meet every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. Volunteers from the church and community lead the groups. Each volunteer receives special training and background checks. Many of the volunteers have gone through their own grief journeys and simply want to help others heal.

For more information on The Kids’ Place, visit www.edmondkids.org or call (405) 844-5437.

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OC welcomes Nicholas Sparks for McBride Lecture http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-welcomes-nicholas-sparks-for-mcbride-lecture/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks will be the featured speaker at the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Nov. 21.

Sparks will speak in Hardeman Auditorium, then sign his new book, “The Longest Ride.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Entry to the book signing is $50, which includes the cost of the book. Pre-registration for the book signing is available at oc.edu/sparks.

“It is impossible to read ‘Three Weeks with My Brother’ or ‘The Best of Me’ without seeing Christian faith as a key theme in the narratives Sparks makes so famous,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “How can Nicholas Sparks’ life and stories inspire students to find their own transformations and callings who will influence U.S. culture? That is the kind of question OC students can take into this year’s McBride Lecture.”

Past McBride speakers include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Bellwether Prize for social justice, as well as those who serve on the juries of major prizes, including the Nobel Prize.

Many OC students are looking forward to this year’s visit from Sparks, an author whose 18 books have all been New York Times bestsellers.

OC senior Jessica Williams took on the role of Undergraduate Fellow for the McBride Center for Public Humanities, helping organize the event and lead several initiatives, including discussion groups for students.

“The impetus for bringing in a new speaker each fall is to challenge students in terms of what they believe about their own faith, and how this informs their views of the world around them,” Williams said. “Incorporating the humanities into this focus on faith calls for a wide variety of artists, thinkers and writers who identify as Christian to offer their own perspectives on how their faith informs their respective works.

The mission of the McBride Center is to engage and inspire students, faculty and the community in outstanding programs that explore the interrelatedness of Christian faith and literature.

Other event sponsors include the National Endowment for the Humanities, Best of Books at Kickingbird Square, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Inasmuch Foundation, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

“It’s incredibly important for students to consider the impact of popular fiction on academia, on their religious life and on a more socially-based level of thought,” Williams said. “I believe we’ve been presented with an opportunity to incorporate all of those issues into a productive discourse.”

The McBride Center for Public Humanities and the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature are named for Bailey and Joyce McBride. Bailey McBride, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, spent almost 50 years at Oklahoma Christian as a student, administrator and faculty member before retiring this year.

Oklahoma Christian, ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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College president, Google manager, missionaries, civic leaders among Homecoming honorees http://www.oc.edu/news/r/college-president-google-manager-missionaries-civic-leaders-among-oc-homecoming-honorees/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will honor accomplished graduates at its annual Alumni Banquet on Nov. 14.

The award winners include Harold and Sally Shank (Distinguished Alumni), Andrew Silvestri (Distinguished Young Alum), OC missionaries to Brazil (Missions Award), and Richard and Mo Anderson (Honorary Alumni).

The banquet, a highlight of OC’s Homecoming Weekend, will start at 6 p.m. in the Gaylord University Center. Banquet tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling (405) 425-5110, emailing dana.holley@oc.edu or registering online at www.oc.edu/homecoming. Discounted prices are available with the purchase of a table for eight.

The Shanks have epitomized OC values since graduating in the early 70s. In 1976, they planted a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served there for 10 years. They then moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Harold preached at Highland Church of Christ for more than 20 years and launched several urban ministries.

He returned to Oklahoma Christian as a Professor of Old Testament in 2006 before becoming president of Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Virginia, in 2011. Sally, OVU’s first lady, is also an adjunct professor, and serves alongside Harold in spreading the gospel and reaching out to the poor and vulnerable.

“Harold and Sally Shank are two of the most remarkable godly people my wife Joy and I have ever known,” said distinguished professor of Bible Lynn McMillon, OC’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. “As powerhouse student leaders, they revolutionized OC’s mission emphasis. They have long had a heart for underprivileged people. Pointing the way to Jesus and serving in His name is the hallmark of their lives.”

Silvestri, a 2007 OC graduate, will be honored as OC’s distinguished young alumnus. In the past seven years, Silvestri has earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, worked at Chesapeake Energy and in Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s office, and recently accepted a job as Google’s public policy and government relations manager.

Oklahoma Christian will present its Missions Award to a collective group of Eagles who have served as missionaries in Brazil. For more than 50 years, families with OC connections have planted churches in Brazil and helped spread the gospel. Brazil now has more than 250 churches of Christ with a collective 11,000 members.

The Andersons, graduates of the University of Oklahoma, will receive OC’s Honorary Alumni award. Their granddaughter, Andee Wayne Gower, attended OC on a basketball scholarship and graduated earlier this year.

In 2012, Richard and Mo gave $1 million to establish the Anderson Endowment for Academic Excellence in Athletics, which provides academic advisors to student-athletes in OC’s 12 varsity sports, as well as podcasts of classes during athletic-related travel.

“Our honorees for this year’s Alumni Banquet are, once again, outstanding representatives of what Oklahoma Christian is all about,” Executive Director of Alumni Relations Bob Lashley said. “There are so many of our alumni who are worthy of such an honor, and we’re proud to have the chance to recognize this slate of OC alumni and friends at Homecoming.”

Homecoming weekend also features OC’s musical production of “Little Women,” scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets cost $15, with discounts available for senior citizens, groups and OC students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/LittleWomen and on weekdays at the OC Box Office or by calling (405) 425-5540.

OC’s Homecoming Chapel will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Carnival and Lunch. Homecoming Chapel will feature an OC Chorale performance, a devotional and a special recognition of OC’s 50-year class of 1964.

OC’s 2014-15 basketball season tips off Saturday afternoon in the Payne Athletic Center. The women’s team hosts York College at 1 p.m., followed by coronation ceremony for the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen, and the men’s basketball game against Dallas Christian at approximately 3 p.m.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the “Back to the Barn Bash” will celebrate 1990s-era alumni in the Dave Smith Athletic Center.

A complete schedule of all Homecoming activities, including numerous class and club reunions, is available at www.oc.edu/homecoming.

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Former WorldCom exec to speak at Millican Ethics Symposium http://www.oc.edu/news/r/former-worldcom-exec-to-speak-at-millican-ethics-symposium/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – One of the top executives responsible for the second-largest accounting scandal in history will visit Oklahoma Christian University Oct. 28.

Former WorldCom Controller David Myers will be the speaker for OC’s 2014 Millican Ethics Symposium.
 
His lecture, “The Slippery Slope: Learning From Someone Else’s Mistakes,” is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. in OC’s Judd Theatre.

“A strength of OC’s accounting program is our emphasis on strong, ethical behavior,” said Elaine Kelly, associate professor of accounting and holder of the J.J. Millican chair at OC. “It is very beneficial for our students to learn the consequences of what happens when someone chooses an unethical course of action. It is also important to address how someone can choose to recover from an unethical decision and seek redemption by their actions.”
 
In 2005, Myers pled guilty to felony charges for his role in the $11 billion scandal at WorldCom. He admitted to instructing the accounting department to make financial adjustments to fit Wall Street expectations during a period of declining profitability.
 
Myers was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, a lighter sentence due to his cooperation with the government and the remorse he showed for his actions. The judge praised Myers for quickly admitting his mistake and working with the government before a plea deal was offered. At his sentencing, Myers expressed his regret.
 
"At the time I consider to be the single most critical character-defining moment of my life, I failed," he said. "As I teach my children what is right and what is wrong, I've got to acknowledge that I did something that was not just wrong, but horribly wrong."
 
Since then, Myers has donated a substantial amount of time speaking to universities and organizations across the country. He shares the lessons he learned and the consequences his decisions had on his family and the lives of many others.
 
“As Christians, we believe in the redemptive process,” said Jeff Simmons, associate professor of business and interim dean of the School of Business Administration. “We all have the ability to change our course of action. I think what David is doing today will help others keep from making the same mistake.”
 
Certified Public Accountants who attend the seminar will be able to earn one hour of professional credit. Online registration for the event is available at www.oc.edu/events/ethics-symposium. For more information, call (405) 425-5560, or contact Elaine Kelly at elaine.kelly@oc.edu.
 
Today, Myers is owner and CFO of Sunflower Home Health in Mississippi. Prior to joining WorldCom, he was the CFO and Treasurer of Lamar Life Insurance Group. He also worked for Ernst & Young in their Houston, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi, offices. Myers received bachelor’s degrees in accounting and marketing from the University of Mississippi.
 
The Ethics Symposium is sponsored by the J.J. Millican Endowment, which was created by Don and Donna Millican to honor Don’s father. Don serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kaiser-Francis Oil Company and as Oklahoma Christian’s board chair.
 
The endowment provides academic opportunities to OC students, faculty and the university community through scholarships, programs, Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants student memberships and other activities related to the field of accounting and ethics in OC's College of Business Administration.

J.J. Millican was a respected Christian businessman, faithful husband and father, as well as a Certified Public Accountant. He also was a national partner with Ernst & Young. Previous symposium speakers have included Enron whistle-blower Sherron Watkins, nationally-known tax expert Susan Hamill, and championship football coach Gene Stallings.
 
In addition to the Ethics Symposium, OC students also participate in the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium’s Student Ethics Challenge. OC won the state competition last fall and placed fifth in the national Ethics Bowl Competition this spring. Simmons serves as the faculty sponsor for the debate teams.
 
Oklahoma Christian, ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

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Alan Martin accepts ministry role in Houston http://www.oc.edu/news/r/alan-martin-accepts-ministry-role-in-houston/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After almost a decade serving at Oklahoma Christian University (OC), including the last four years as dean of the College of Biblical Studies, Alan Martin is returning to family ministry.

In January, Martin will become the minister of marriage and family at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, working alongside OC trustee David Duncan, the congregation’s preaching minister.

“I’m grateful for Dr. Martin’s service to OC as professor and dean, and I’m thrilled for Memorial and for the families he will minister to there,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “Besides being an outstanding teacher and mentor, his leadership has helped our College of Biblical Studies grow in its momentum and impact for God’s Kingdom.”

Since Martin became dean in June 2010, OC’s College of Biblical Studies has launched the Center for Global Missions and the Intergenerational Faith Center, hosted the World Mission Workshop, and brought to campus distinguished speakers like N. T. Wright, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and (coming in March 2015) Ravi Zacharias through the McGaw Lecture Series.

Martin also helped shepherd the introduction of two new endowed chairs in the College of Biblical Studies. The Lynn and Joy McMillon Endowed Chair was funded by an anonymous $1.5 million gift in 2010. The Benton and Paula Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching was funded by a 2013 gift of $1.7 million from the Baughs.

During Martin’s tenure, the College of Biblical Studies began a master’s degree in theological studies, the third master’s program in OC’s Graduate School of Theology. Through his service on OC’s Church Relations team, Martin also helped oversee a revitalization of the university’s annual lectureship.

“God destined OC to be a part of my history and a great part of my growth in leadership to bless His kingdom. My wife Linda and I now feel called to the ‘frontlines’ to serve families,” Martin said. “We’re thankful to OC for its total embrace and for the opportunities to serve and grow. Our prayers will be with the leadership, faculty, staff and students for blessings into the future.”

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Martin came to Oklahoma Christian in 2006 as associate professor of family ministry and has continued to teach in the classroom as professor of family life.

In addition to his roles at OC, Martin was the coordinator and administrator of the Community Outreach Program for Edmond Church of Christ from 2007 until 2012.

He is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Council on Family Relations, and has conducted marriage and family seminars for more than 50 churches throughout the region.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:45:00 CDT c656b53d-8b09-4acf-ae9a-67ab6ea92e56
Jeff Havens highlights Career Services Week http://www.oc.edu/news/r/jeff-havens-highlights-career-services-week/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Jeff Havens, a popular speaker on the Fortune 50 circuit, will keynote Career Services Week at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Oct. 21-Oct. 23.

Havens will kick off the week with a lecture over his book, “How to Get Fired,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free.

“How to Get Fired” is described as “the only book guaranteed to ensure you will never become a productive member of society.”

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Havens uses humor and satire to explain what actions will ensure a person never gets hired or keeps a job. He combines the content of a traditional lecture with the entertainment of a comedy show to provide insight on achieving career success.

Described by audiences as a unique and entertaining speaker, Havens has been featured on ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNBC and Fox Business, and in BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur and the Wall Street Journal.

“He’s original, informative and hilarious. He’ll transform the idea of how you approach professional growth,” Director of Career Services Candace Owens said.

Career Services Week also includes a career fair and a panel features five metro-area business leaders.

On Wednesday, OC alumni from American Energy Partners, APMEX, Devon Energy, Ideal Homes and Sandridge Energy will present a seminar on “How to Get Hired” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Adams Recital Hall.

The two sections are titled, “What Hiring Managers and Recruiters Want from You” and “What Questions do You Have for Me?”

The week will conclude on Thursday with the Fall Career Fair. Forty-three businesses from the Oklahoma City area will be in the Gaylord University Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Owens encourages seniors, graduate students, recent graduates and others trying to land their dream job or ensure job stability to attend.

“I hope they will gain more awareness about how to conduct themselves in the work environment and be thinking forward on how to conduct themselves on campus,” Owens said. “College is a platform for students moving into the real world and how they’re going to act once they’re hired.”

Registration is available at www.oc.edu/careerservices. For more information, contact OC’s Career Services office at careerservices@oc.edu or at (405) 425-5960.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:30:00 CDT dee9df77-2c59-494c-a2f6-f7e68c9d1f7b
OC dedicates Kyle Seitsinger Newsroom http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-dedicates-kyle-seitsinger-newsroom/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Oklahoma Christian University’s Kyle Seitsinger Newsroom, a convergence journalism lab in OC’s Department of Communications.

Oklahoma Christian remodeled the office previously used for The Talon, OC’s student newspaper, and made it a combined newsroom and studio for The Talon and Eagle Broadcasting to further integrate their reporting.

The room is named in honor of Kyle Seitsinger, an OC student killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Serving as an Army Sergeant, Kyle died alongside seven other U.S. soldiers when a weapon cache detonated on Jan. 29, 2004.

Kyle Seitsinger“Kyle’s story needed to be told,” OC’s Distinguished Professor of Mass Communications Philip Patterson said. “The best way to approach it was to go to the family and see if we could honor Kyle in a significant way. We wanted to memorialize their son while filling the need for a convergence journalism lab.”

Honorary guests at the dedication ceremony were Kyle’s parents, Dan Seitsinger and Jo Seitsinger, and his sister, Karla Schwarz, along with her husband, Rob, and son, Barrett.

“Of course, I would rather have Kyle present, but in his absence, at least he has a name on the wall,” Dan Seitsinger said. “I appreciate what everyone did to make this day possible. I feel very proud of Kyle and this university.”

Kyle Seitsinger enrolled at Oklahoma Christian in the fall of 2000 and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves. While he was a student, he edited and wrote for The Talon, and also contributed to The Oklahoman and the Edmond Sun.

He was called into active duty in November 2003, just months from graduating with a dual major in journalism and Spanish.

When he and his fellow soldiers were killed, it represented the United States’ largest loss of life in Afghanistan at the time. Seitsinger was the first Oklahoman killed serving in “Operation Enduring Freedom” and is the only active student in OC’s history to be killed in the line of duty.

Prior to coming to OC, Seitsinger served in the U.S. Marines from 1993 to 2000, guarding U.S. embassies in Brasilia, Brazil, and Moscow, Russia, as well as the U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He also was an expert marksman and rifle instructor at Camp Pendleton. He was named “Top Gun” at his embassy school graduation in Quantico, Virginia.

Eagle Angle, a 30-minute newscast produced by OC students, airs each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Cox 3 in Oklahoma City and Cox 7 in Tulsa. The Talon publishes weekly online at talonatoc.com.

“Kyle would be pleased that he was tied into innovation,” Patterson said. “He had a plan for his life. If this innovation does the same for the students now and gets them on the ground faster than otherwise, he would be thrilled.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:15:00 CDT 65a6c818-6748-482f-a58b-4fa9e19f166c
Professor celebrates 20 years of AMA perfect attendance http://www.oc.edu/news/r/professor-celebrates-20-years-of-ama-perfect-attendance/ Burt Smith has been present for every one of the 199 meetings of the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Marketing Association since he became a member in 1994. After his 200th meeting on Thursday, Smith will celebrate 20 years of perfect attendance.
 
“It’s been an awfully good run, and I can’t thank AMA enough for the impact it has had on my career,” said Smith, a professor of marketing and management at Oklahoma Christian University and a business consultant. “AMA has provided me and my students with access to the sharpest minds in the state. I’ve really enjoyed showcasing OC and helping students land great jobs and internships.”
 
Given Smith’s service to AMA, it is only fitting that he would be the first local member to achieve perfect attendance over two decades. Smith was the youngest person named to AMA-OKC’s board in 1995, and he is a past president of the chapter, which received its first National Chapter Excellence Award under his leadership.

Just a few years ago, the chapter renamed its lifetime achievement award in Smith’s honor.
 
“Dr. Burt has been an integral part of AMA-OKC during the last 20 years,” said Stewart Law, an OC alumnus and the chapter’s president-elect and a research manager at Evolve Research. “Today, he still volunteers his time and expertise as a trusted advisor to the board and even gives a free copy of his book to every new member. As his former student, I can say that his passion for marketing knows no bounds.”
 
Smith made the decision to aim for 20 years of perfect attendance a few years ago, after realizing the goal was attainable, even if it meant adjusting his family vacations.
 
“I’ve always believed in ongoing professional service and the need to stay involved in the industry, especially as a past-president,” Smith said. “About five years ago, I realized I had not missed a meeting and decided to go for 20 years. I always appreciated those past-presidents who supported me during my presidency, so I've tried to play that role myself over the years. As long as they will have me, I’ll keep attending.”
 
“I would like to extend a ‘congratulations’ from everyone involved with AMA-OKC for Dr. Burt’s 20 years of involvement and support,” said current AMA-OKC chapter president Lindsey Funk, a marketing strategist at VI Marketing and Branding. “Dr. Burt is always willing to lend a helping hand or an encouraging word of advice to the board and the membership. We hope for many more years to come.”
 
In addition to teaching undergraduate marketing classes at OC, Smith is an advisor and professor in the MBA program. In 2009, he was honored with the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching award. He co-founded OC’s student chapter of the American Marketing Association and serves as a sponsor.

Smith co-founded and now solely owns EMI Research Solutions, a market research consultancy, and has served clients such as Cox Communications, OG&E, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Subway and the Oklahoma City Zoo.

He was the first Oklahoman to earn the AMA’s Professional Certified Marketer designation. He is one of less than 1,600 professionals worldwide to hold the Sales and Marketing Executive International’s Certified Marketing Executive designation, and he also holds a Certified Quality Manager designation from the American Society for Quality. Smith is the only professional in the world to hold these designations as well as a doctorate.

Smith has served on the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and was the certification chair for the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Sales and Marketing Executives International. He was also named in the Journal Record’s Centennial Class of Achievers Under 40, as well as the inaugural class of Business OKC’s 40 Under 40.

Smith became an auctioneer at 17 to fund his college education. He was the 2002 Oklahoma State Champion Auctioneer and has raised more than $1.3 million for charities across Oklahoma and Texas.

In 2007, Smith published his first book, “The Great Game of Networking,” and he regularly blogs at www.drBURT.com. He is also a past-president and two-time member of the year for the Oklahoma City chapter of the National Speakers Association. Smith resides in Edmond with his wife, Terri, whom he met through AMA, and his son, Dalton.

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:00:00 CDT fb5a7d4f-93fb-44a8-ab8b-4c0b32400ad1
Oklahoma Christian hosts 64th lectureship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-hosts-64th-lectureship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will kick off its 64th lectureship this Sunday.

The lectureship, which runs through Tuesday, Oct. 7, features more than 35 speakers, concerts and other special events. With an overall theme of “Fully Engaged,” the lectureship will focus on I Peter 2:21: “... that you should follow in His steps.”

“Using the STEPS acronym, we have identified five qualities of Jesus: Serve, Tell, Exemplify, Pray and Sacrifice,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “If we develop these qualities, we will certainly follow in His steps and become fully engaged like Jesus was.”

After a Grand Concert featuring groups from OC’s Department of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, the lectureship begins in earnest at 6:30 p.m. with praise and worship time led by Keith Lancaster, founder of Acappella Ministries. Mitch Wilburn, pulpit minister at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, will deliver Sunday’s keynote lecture, “Following in His Steps,” at 7 p.m.

Christian Music Hall of Fame group Acappella will conclude Sunday’s activities with a free concert at 8:15 p.m.

“We want to help churches find ways to get their members fully engaged in the work of the church,” Distinguished Professor of Bible Stafford North said. “The primary way churches can do that is to get their members to be more like Jesus. If we are more like Jesus, we will be fully engaged.”

Scott Franks, the preaching minister at Burnt Hickory Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia, and Larry Nunley, worship and praise minister at Airport Freeway Church of Christ in Euless, Texas, will deliver the morning keynotes on Monday and Tuesday in conjunction with OC’s daily Chapel services.

Monday’s sessions also include a Nurturing Engagement Workshop and classes on prayer, scripture and youth engagement.

The annual Women’s Day program takes place Monday morning at Memorial Road Church of Christ. Former quadriplegic Nika Maples will be the featured speaker at “She Speaks,” a women’s dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

OC preaching chair Doug Peters will give Monday night’s keynote lecture, “Christians Compelled by the Love of Christ.” This special session will include video submissions from around the nation featuring various ministries. In addition, a panel of speakers will answer audience questions submitted through Twitter.

The annual Lightfoot Preaching Lectures on Acts and classes on marriage, elders and scripture will be featured on Tuesday. The lectureship concludes at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a dinner honoring preachers, elders and wives. Former OC president Terry Johnson is the keynote speaker.

“This lectureship is practical for churches of all sizes,” North said. “It will present ideas on how people can strengthen their churches at home. We have great speakers who will present wonderful lessons.”

All sessions are free and open to the public except for the “She Speaks” dinner, which costs $25. For more information about the OC Lectureship, call (405) 425-5141. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/lectureship.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:30:00 CDT 6300e0a1-527b-467d-af76-67959185af37
Mary Hunt presents financial seminar at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/mary-hunt-presents-financial-seminar-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Prominent author, syndicated columnist and motivational speaker Mary Hunt will present a financial seminar at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on Thursday, Oct. 2.

The free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Adams Recital Hall. The hour-long seminar will be based on Hunt’s book, “7 Money Rules for Life.” A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

“People tend to run from their financial struggles, because it is stress in their life, instead of tackling in and making a plan to eliminate it,” OC student financial services director Clint LaRue said. “I believe when they’re educated toward personal finances, people are going to start making different decisions.”

At OC’s convocation on Friday morning, Hunt will present “Money: A Survival Guide,” expounding upon living a wise and balanced life style and living according to biblical principles.

Hunt founded Debt-Proof Living, an organization dedicated to helping men and women combat consumer debt. Debt-Proof Living provides hope, help and realistic solutions for individuals who are committed to financially responsible and debt-free living.

She has been featured on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends, Dateline, and Focus on the Family. She has authored more than 20 books, which have sold more than a million copies. Her syndicated column, “Everyday Cheapskate,” is read by thousands of readers nationwide.

For more information, call (405) 425-6300 or email events@oc.edu.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 CDT 39e203ba-52c8-4031-83e0-906c5b74418f
OC sets record, celebrates decade of enrollment highs http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-sets-record-celebrates-decade-of-enrollment-highs/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University set another enrollment record this fall, with 2,479 students calling OC home.

This marks the third straight year of record enrollment at Oklahoma Christian, fueled by a 13 percent increase since fall 2011. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

Oklahoma Christian also set a graduate record this year with 502 master’s students enrolled, up 10 percent over last year’s previous high. Undergraduate enrollment rose to 1,977 students, including 38 National Merit Finalists.

Thirty-seven percent of OC’s undergraduate students are from Oklahoma while another 23 percent are from Texas. Overall, OC’s student body hails from 42 states and 49 countries. More than 80 percent of OC undergraduates live on campus.

“We’re proud to have another record enrollment, with students from all over our state, from all over our country and from all over our world. We’re also excited to have a record number of students living on campus in our close-knit Christian community,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Our faculty is second to none – they’re learned scholars, compassionate mentors and spiritual examples. And our staff’s dedication to our students and mission also has helped increase our retention and enrollment. OC is a place where lessons are learned, lives are changed, and the world becomes better.”

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:15:00 CDT 693b61a0-773f-40e9-acba-d2c5fa771f3c
OC opens theater season with one-act plays http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-opens-theater-season-with-one-act-plays/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will begin its theater season with the production of two one-act plays. “A Marriage Proposal” and “Blind Date” will be held Oct. 2-4.

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The production is directed by Carly Conklin, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2010. Conklin works as a stage manager, actor and director for the Oklahoma City Theatre Company.

“A Marriage Proposal,” which first debuted in 1890, is a one-act play written by Russian author and dramaturge Anton Chekhov. It demonstrates how pride in property can override emotions such as love, and that even marriage can be prompted by economic circumstances.

“Blind Date” was written by American playwright and screenwriter Albert Foote, who was best known for his screenplay of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Set in 1929 in Harrison, Texas, “Blind Date” illustrates the repercussions of a well-meaning aunt attempting to arrange a date for her uncooperative niece.

Cast members for both plays include Luke Mawhirter, Madison Simmons, Clarice Sutton, Alex Wiggs and stage director Abby Tunick.

“It’s a humorous look at dating, especially blind dating, from the point of view of a particular generation,” said Phil Reagan, associate professor of speech and theater. “The two just go well together. They are both farces about dating and proposing that I think all college students will enjoy.”

The Department of Communication’s theater theme for 2014-2015 is “Human Relationships.” Each of the season’s five plays introduce the audience to a world vastly different from the 21st century, yet the characters grapple with the universal themes of social expectations and individual desire that are present today.

“A Marriage Proposal” and “Blind Date” are both suitable for all ages and begin at 8 p.m. each night in OC’s Judd Theatre. General admission tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors). Admission is free for OC students, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact the OC Box Office at (405) 425-5540. Judd Theatre is located in the Garvey Center, easily accessible from the university’s main entrance at 2501 East Memorial Road in north Oklahoma City.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:00:00 CDT d540ee3a-1cfe-41ae-a03d-6f3bcda480f0
Remodeled auditorium named for beloved professor Cail http://www.oc.edu/news/r/remodeled-auditorium-named-for-beloved-professor-cail/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) honored a living legend Friday by renaming one of its historic lecture halls as Cail Auditorium.

James Cail taught psychology at Oklahoma Christian for 31 years, entertaining and enriching students with his wit and wisdom in Davisson American Heritage Auditorium.

Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of a $500,000 renovation of the 45-year-old auditorium through OC’s Thrive campaign. The university surprised Cail at the event by announcing that the hall will now carry his name.

“I hereby repent of every cynical thing I ever said about naming stuff after people,” Cail said to a chorus of laughter from the friends, family and supporters in attendance. “Life can be defined as a series of surprises and I have to say this is one. (OC) has done a lot for me and is doing a lot for me now. I’m grateful for what it did for me by way of my discipline, letting me practice something I love. And lovely, lovely, lovely friends – just the greatest bunch of people that you could ever imagine.”

Cail has been a fixture at Oklahoma Christian since 1956, when he enrolled as a student at what was then known as Central Christian College in Bartlesville. He won two junior college debate titles, had a regular presence on the theater stage, and performed in the school’s popular original show, Songs America Sings.

He graduated in 1958, the same year the school relocated to Oklahoma City, then came back to lead Oklahoma Christian’s Admissions Office from 1963 to 1969. After earning his doctorate in psychology from Baylor University, he returned again in 1972, this time as a faculty member.

Over the course of his career, Cail earned many honors for his teaching and family seminars, including OC’s Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching in 1980. The university honored him as a professor emeritus shortly after his retirement in 2003 and as a distinguished alumnus in 2012.

Cail and his wife Judy met at Oklahoma Christian and have been married for almost 50 years. All three of their children also graduated from OC; Trey Cail and Mindy Lemons are both medical doctors while Liz McElroy followed in her father’s footsteps to teach psychology before becoming student leadership coordinator at Oklahoma Christian.

“Great universities are great because of their heroes, and we stand in the presence of one of our heroes,” President John deSteiguer said. “Hundreds upon hundreds of OC students learned at his feet, and we’re thrilled to know that generations more will learn in his seats. It’s a real honor to be at this place right now where we can say, ‘Dr. Cail – We thank you and we love you.”

Including Cail Auditorium, five initiatives have been fully funded since Oklahoma Christian launched the Thrive campaign in June. A $1 million commitment by Benton and Paula Baugh of Houston, Texas, is providing the startup capital for OC's College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Funding also is complete for: Das Millicanhaus, OC’s living-learning facility in Vienna, Austria; high-definition projection systems in Hardeman Auditorium and Judd Theatre; and a strategic planning fund.

In addition, OC has announced an anonymous $2 million gift to help fund multiple projects, including the launch of the Ethos spiritual life initiative, as well as a separate $1 million gift from U Dining to go toward renovation of the university’s dining hall.

More information about helping those projects become fully funded and donating toward other Thrive initiatives is available at oc.edu/thrive.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Reportand The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

 

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:00:00 CDT 95f69d9e-9d50-4a0b-b83e-643937b537f2
OC students screen film at international festival http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-students-screen-film-at-international-festival/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Media students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will screen their independent film “Dispirited!” at the Red Dirt International Film Festival this week in Stillwater, Okla.

Dispirited! was created by OC’s 2013 class of Advanced Creative Productions, taught by Eagle Broadcasting Director David Jurney. It will be screened for the public at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Oklahoma State University.

This 15-minute film included work from OC’s communication and theatre departments. It stars Stillwater resident Tony Payne as a dispirited man who goes through life motionless and distant from friends and family. After encountering an unexpected visitor, the man is forced to face the demons of his past before losing his sanity.

It was filmed and edited by Travis Gerard, Caleb Henry, Chad Holmes, David Knox, Travis Pauley, Kendall Sandhop and Tiffani Seeley. The actors included Payne, Krista Forrester, Tulle Jurney and Sandra Peck. An original musical score was composed, recorded and performed for the film.

“We made a film that we hope is both entertaining and moving and we want to share that with people,” David Jurney said. “For the students that worked on it, we hope it will be something that opens doors for them.”

This is the second independent film that Jurney and his class have produced. Their film, Dead Tired, was shown at the 2013 Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan, Okla.

The Red Dirt International Film Festival shows a variety of films, ranging from full-length movies and documentaries to short films and music videos. In 2013, the festival featured films from all seven continents. 

In addition to more than 100 film screenings, the festival will include vendors, musical entertainment and other special events.

To watch the Dispirited! teaser trailer or for more information, go to www.dispiritedfilm.com, twitter.com/DispiritedFilm or facebook.com/DispiritedFilm.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:45:00 CDT c6c0db0d-05e8-4e3f-a3de-81ed2f098e93
OC hosts lecture on social justice and U.S. policy http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-lecture-on-social-justice-and-u-s-policy/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host distinguished lecturer and author Ted McAllister on Monday, Sept. 22.

McAllister, who holds the Edward L. Gaylord Chair of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, will speak on “Social Justice and the Crisis of American Public Policy.” The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Adams Recital Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“He’s an authority on politics, said John Maple, chair of OC’s Department of History and Political Science. “He is going to make a cogent argument and provide interesting analysis of how the crises of fundamentally different political philosophies hinder government progress.”

For the first several centuries in American history, McAllister argues, there was a common political philosophy and American politics were based on similar views of what was right and proper.

A shift since the turn of the century has prompted McAllister to ask if the progressive form of social justice is fundamentally hostile to the American understanding of public policy and inconsistent with cultural, social and political experiences.

McAllister graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1983 with a degree in history and minors in political science and English. He also holds a master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University and a doctorate in American Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University.

He has taught at Vanderbilt University, the University of the South and Hillsdale College. He also was a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

McAllister has authored “Revolt Against Modernity: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the Search for a Postliberal Order” and co-edited “Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America.” He served as the editor of the “American Intellectual Culture” book series and is working on a book about Walter Lippmann and the problem of authority in modern Liberalism.

In addition to his public lecture, McAllister will speak at two OC classes, “Contemporary Political Ideologies” and “History of American Political Thought,” and host a dinner for select students interested in pursuing public policy.

“Anyone with an interest in the contemporary political scene and serious discussion of it would enjoy this lecture,” Maple said. “It will be a full day of enrichment for those who are interested in politics and public policy in the broadest sense.”

For more information, call (405) 425-6300 or email events@oc.edu.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:30:00 CDT 4d3e420d-0214-4098-9967-2e42cfe37e42
OC set to honor Coale, Ross at Associates Gala http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-set-to-honor-coale-ross-at-associates-gala/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two University of Oklahoma coaches will receive the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award at the Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Associates Gala Thursday.

Sherri Coale, the head women’s basketball coach at OU, and Jan Ross, an assistant coach for the Sooners, will be the first OC alumni to receive the award, which honors individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of Oklahoma.

The award is named for Smith, a tireless proponent of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. Previous winners include Oklahoma City mayors Mick Cornett, Kirk Humphreys and Ron Norick, former Oklahoma governors and first ladies George and Donna Nigh, Frank and Cathy Keating, and Brad and Kim Henry, and Oklahoma City weathermen Gary England, Damon Lane and Mike Morgan.

“We are thrilled to honor OC alumni Sherri Coale and Jan Ross with the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “They are examples of great ambassadors of our state and who live exemplary lives and impact young people for good.”

Coale was an Academic All-American at Oklahoma Christian who graduated summa cum laude in 1987 after serving as team captain for three conference championship teams. Ross graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1986 after a decorated career; she was an NAIA honorable mention All-America, All-District IV and All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection in addition to earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Who’s Who honors for the Lady Eagles.

Together, Coale and Ross helped resurrect the OU women’s basketball program and turn it into a national power. Since they joined forces in Norman in 1996, the Sooners have won 10 Big 12 championships (six regular season, four tournament) and made nine Sweet 16 appearances, including a trip to the 2002 NCAA national championship game and back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2010.

Their program also is known for its academic excellence and for giving back to the community, including service as volunteer mentors and teachers’ aides at local elementary schools. In 2011, the Sooners earned the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award after taking a mission trip to Haiti following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

The OC Associates Gala begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. OC Associates receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner and may purchase extra tickets for $75 each. Tickets are available by calling (405) 425-5094 or via email at advancement@oc.edu.

“The Associates Gala is always a highlight event at Oklahoma Christian,” deSteiguer said. “It’s our time to thank donors, celebrate our students and alumni, and share the good news about our university.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:00 CDT ae3a1e83-abf3-4bbe-8cf8-8939dfa770b1
OC lands on U.S. News ‘Best Regional University’ and A+ lists http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-lands-on-us-news-best-regional-university-and-a-plus-lists/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ranks among the top 40 regional universities in the western United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” guidebook.

Oklahoma Christian rose to No. 40 in this year’s 15-state western rankings and is the No. 2 Oklahoma school in the “Best Regional Universities” category.

In addition to having the most National Merit Finalists per capita of all Church of Christ universities, Oklahoma Christian earned recognition on the U.S. News & World Report list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which identifies great colleges where scholars with high school GPAs in the B range can be accepted and thrive.

This is the 16th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. 

“We are thrilled to be honored again as one of the best universities in the west,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “I’m also proud of this recognition of our A+ approach to B students. It speaks to the heart and quality of our professors, who work alongside our students to bring out their best and help them discover their gifts.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings assess seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates. The full rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Last month, The Princeton Review again recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list. In addition, The Princeton Review and PC Gamer recently ranked OC’s game design program as the No. 14 undergraduate program in the nation

OC’s academic reputation is further seen in placement rates at or near 100 percent for accounting, communication design, history, interior design, language and literature, nursing, and political science graduates seeking jobs or acceptance into graduate school and law school.

OC biology graduates have a 95 percent medical and graduate school acceptance rate, and 100 percent of OC Honors Program graduates have been accepted to graduate school the past four years. OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has earned national top chapter honors for 17 straight years.

Oklahoma Christian is one of just two members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with three undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

OC also boasts the second-highest state education certification exam pass rate in Oklahoma, and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

The last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever, including a new school record this fall.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:01:00 CDT 34fc4b69-dcc1-4347-af8b-8bb0cfd2ad42
OC, Smirk New Media partner to offer social media class http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-university-smirk-new-media-partner-to-offer-social-media-class/ With the rapid growth of social media as a strategic business tool, communication students in college are expected to have current knowledge about best practices.

To that end, Oklahoma Christian University has partnered with Mike Koehler, president and partner at Smirk New Media, to provide students with a strategic social media and reputation management class. Koehler is uniquely qualified to teach the class as his Oklahoma City-based company specializes in social media strategy, online content and digital and web-based success.

“I’m thrilled to be able to offer this class to the Oklahoma Christian community,” Koehler said. “Social media is a passion of mine and I’m glad to share that with students. Social media is becoming a more powerful part of public relations and marketing every day, so equipping students with the skills to manage and create strategies is going to be key for their careers.”

According to Larry Jurney, chair and professor of the university’s communication department, the class will help OC students continue to stand out when seeking internships and post-graduation employment.

“Social media is a powerful force in our society, as evidenced by today's headlines such as the ice bucket challenge,” Jurney said. “Our students need to know how to maintain a good reputation through social media and how to protect it. They also need to know how to use social media correctly. It can accomplish great things for good, especially in service to others.”

The class will include lectures, discussions, online and in-person guest professionals and applied assignments. A few national experts in social media will Skype into the class or lead a live Twitter chat with students. In addition, the students will develop a comprehensive social media and reputation management plan for a real organization. Students will also present their ideas in the form of a strategy pitch. 

“I want students to have practical knowledge that gives them a foundation to build upon,” Koehler said. “Effective management of social media and reputation requires a truly strategic, long-term plan. This class will emphasize how important strategy is. I believe this experience will helps OC’s students get a head-start on achieving career success.”

About Smirk New Media

Smirk New Media has helped organizations large and small create robust social media strategies, craft quality online content and protect their brands’ digital reputations. Smirk New Media’s social media consulting team in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and Springfield, Mo., works hard to promote and protect its clients’ online successes. Before launching Smirk New Media, President and Chief Strategist Mike Koehler led the new media development for Oklahoma’s largest website and its largest public relations firm. For more information, visit www.smirknewmedia.com.

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:19:00 CDT 0eb6a653-90c9-4fe0-bb98-5c18b0fae2a3
$2 million gift helps fund OC 'spiritual life reboot' http://www.oc.edu/news/r/2-million-gift-helps-fund-oc-spiritual-life-reboot/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Thanks in part to a $2 million gift, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students have a new way to build their “life resume” this fall.

Ethos, OC’s new spiritual life program, provides multiple ways for students to grow in faith, serve others and worship God. OC students can fulfill their Spiritual Life requirements through daily Chapel services, mission trips, service projects, Bible studies and other options.

About a quarter of the anonymous $2 million gift is funding the launch of the Ethos initiative. In total, 11 givers have donated almost $600,000 toward Ethos since OC’s Thrive fundraising campaign launched in June.

“Ethos is valuable for OC students because it will help them build a resume of the whole person they’re becoming – not just academically, but in their service, leadership, community and spiritual dimensions, too,” Director of Ethos Summer Lashley said. “This is about more than helping students get jobs after graduation. It’s about students living a full life so they can become who God wants them to be.”

Ethos is rooted in Mark 12:30-31, where Jesus identified the greatest commands: to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The program encourages OC students to pursue their interests and use their talents in five dimensions: Community, Discipleship, Discovery, Servanthood and Worship.

Most of OC’s student body is already involved in service and ministry opportunities, many of which now count toward students’ Spiritual Life requirements through Ethos’ Servanthood component. The Worship component includes daily Chapel, an important OC tradition since the university began in 1950.

“Spiritual Life is at the core of the OC experience. OC students are known for actively living out their faith and reaching out to help others in community,” President John deSteiguer said. “But Ethos can be a game changer in the way it helps our students practice spiritual disciplines and become intentional about their spiritual lives.”

OC’s ultimate goal for full implementation of Ethos is $1 million. Meeting that goal will start a fund to help students, faculty and staff members go on mission campaigns, provide leadership training and development for students, fund technical support and updates for the Ethos mobile application, and furnish on-campus venues for Bible studies and other gatherings. Information about donating toward Ethos can be found at oc.edu/thrive.

“Ethos represents a meaningful and relevant paradigm shift for our OC family,” Director of Advancement Operations Will Blanchard said. “We will be intentional in cultivating a campus where the Spirit lives and breathes, where students and employees serve alongside one another to meet the needs of our community, and where groups of Eagles regularly and personally worship and grow together.”

More information about this unique spiritual life initiative is available at oc.edu/ethos.

University friends have donated three separate seven-figure gifts to Oklahoma Christian this month. A $1 million donation by Benton and Paula Baugh of Houston, Texas, provided the startup capital for OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Food service provider U Dining gave $1 million toward the renovation of OC’s dining hall.

Oklahoma Christian opened its 65th academic year Monday with what is expected to be another record-setting student body when enrollment is certified in September. The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest total enrollments ever, including a record 2,424 students in 2013-14.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 CDT bd9b2b8c-e855-4548-8da5-9c1818193127